Friday, 30 September 2016
Thursday, 29 September 2016
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Sunday, 25 September 2016
Friday, 23 September 2016
Thursday, 22 September 2016
I came upon this surprising announcement on the FIDE website... but then was even more surprised to see the following detail at the bottom of the "regulations":
Seems the Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) President has so much time to answer email enquiries as to how payment is to be made for the seminar... or can it be perhaps that the email given is administered by someone else?
Why not just list the details of the MCF bank account?
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Friday, 16 September 2016
From Olimpbase I extracted the results from the "Open" Era where all the teams played together.
2016 - Baku, Azerbaijan - 134th from 180 teams
2014 - Tromso, Norway - 72nd from 172 teams
2012 - Istanbul, Turkey - 64th from 156 teams
2010 - Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia - 92nd from 148 teams
2008 - Dresden, Germany - 96th from 146 teams
2006 - Turin, Italy - 80th from 147 teams
2004 - Calvia, Spain - 70th from 128 teams
2002 - Bled, Yugoslavia - 75th from 134 teams
2000 - Istanbul, Turkey - 64th from 126 teams
1998 - Elista, Russia - 74th from 110 teams
1996 - Yerevan, Armenia - 64th from 114 teams
1994 - Moscow, Russia - 96th from 124 teams
1992 - Manila, Philippines - 78th from 102 teams
1990 - Novi Sad, Yugoslavia - 73rd from 108 teams
1988 - Thessaloniki, Greece - 58th from 107 teams
1986 - Dubai, UAE - 42nd from 108 teams
1984 - Thessaloniki, Greece - 50th from 88 teams
1982 - Lucern, Switzerland - 57th from 91 teams
1980 - La Valletta, Malta - 49th from 81 teams
1978 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - 57th from 65 teams
Our best result was 1986 in Dubai where the number of teams also increased significantly and another jump in numbers can be seen from 2000 and again from 2006 while from 2012 it has been off the chart.
In 1976 it was held in Haifa, Israel where Malaysia did not participate and before that teams were ranked and played in groups according to strength.
2016 - Baku, Azerbaijan - 15th from 134 teams
2014 - Tromso, Norway - 54th from 123 teams
2012 - Istanbul, Turkey - 61st from 125 teams
2010 - Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia - 64th from 113 teams
2006 - Turin, Italy - 44th from 103 teams
2002 - Bled, Yugoslavia - 62nd from 90 teams
2000 - Istanbul, Turkey - 60th from 86 teams
1996 - Yerevan, Armenia - 64th from 74 teams
1994 - Moscow, Russia - 49th from 81 teams
1992 - Manila, Philippines - 47th from 62 teams
1990 - Novi Sad, Yugoslavia - 49th from 65 teams
1988 - Thessaloniki, Greece - 46th from 56 teams
1986 - Dubai, UAE - 40th from 49 teams
1984 - Thessaloniki, Greece - 32nd from 51 teams
Our best ever result is of course 2016 in Baku where all previous performances were eclipsed!
It seems we did not send women teams in 2008 to Dresden, Germany, in 2004 to Calvia, Spain, and in 1998 to Elista, Russia.
Malaysian was ranked a historically lowly 134th from 180 teams in the world at the World Chess Olympiad held from 1-14 September in Baku, Azerbaijan, but how well did we do relative to the rest of Asia and our neighbours in ASEAN?
Asia Team Rankings
19th Chinese Taipei
21st New Zealand
24th Sri Lanka
29th Saudi Arabia
33rd South Korea
41st Hong Kong
44th Papua New Guinea
Yes, 37th from 45 teams. Now even behind the likes of Chinese Taipei, Palestine, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Nepal. South Korea, Kuwait, Oman and Macau! Luckily still ahead of Afghanistan, Guam, Hong Kong, Maldives, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Palau.
We are 7th from 8 teams, with only Brunei is behind us (should we be grateful that Cambodia and Laos have never participated?).
Thursday, 15 September 2016
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
I call them the backdoor boys - but they even dared to call themselves Olympians, the top five players in Malaysia and to talk about their fans!
Yes, it was the worst performance in living memory by a Malaysian team and in stark contrast to our superb girls who did fantastically well with the best Malaysian performance ever!
Only those who actually qualified to be in the team did well - congratulations is due to Sumant Subramaniam for a performance that earned him the FIDE Master title.
Not bad either for International Master Jimmy Liew who cleverly played down the order and proved at his age that even with an extended run he can still play at 2200 level.
Thursday, 8 September 2016
Friday, 2 September 2016
Azerbaijan Girls! Waiting for the start of the Opening Ceremony.
Singing the National Anthem of Azerbaijan - A Wonderful Vocal Performance!
Fantastic dance performances - easily one of the best Opening Ceremonies in the history of Chess Olympiads!
The grand finale to a very memorable evening!
As expected of a most gracious host, FIDE was given due respect by the organisers